Central Park Concert

The Central Park Concert

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by Dave Matthews Band
     
 

Dave Matthews and band did their good deed for 2003 when they played a huge benefit show to raise cash for music education in New York City's public schools. About 90,000 fans caught the event in person, but for those who couldn't make it, this triple-disc set delivers a goodly dose of the gig's electricity. Matthews and company were in peak form that night, as…  See more details below

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Dave Matthews and band did their good deed for 2003 when they played a huge benefit show to raise cash for music education in New York City's public schools. About 90,000 fans caught the event in person, but for those who couldn't make it, this triple-disc set delivers a goodly dose of the gig's electricity. Matthews and company were in peak form that night, as evidenced by crackling renditions of favorites like "Ants Marching" and "Too Step" (the latter of which extends past the 12-minute mark, emphasizing the instinctive interplay among the band's members). The band flexed their jamming muscles again on a version of "Jimi Thing" that winds its way around a verse or so of the Buffalo Springfield classic "For What It's Worth." That song is one of a passel to feature guest guitar work from Gov't Mule veteran Warren Haynes, who also takes the mic from Matthews to share vocals on a cover of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer." Matthews's sunny mood pervades the set, with numerous lyrical digressions -- most notably a customized-for-Gotham take on "Dancing Nancies" -- and plenty of free-form scatting. The upbeat ambience endures throughout, lending loads of energy to a solo-laced "All Along the Watchtower" and a communal warmth to a sing-along version of "Stay." It's easily the next-best thing to having been there.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Here is yet another live album by the Dave Matthews Band. This one is from his Central Park Concert in 2003. This one is three CDs, loaded with hits and near-misses, from one of the most successful stage bands in the business. The Matthews Band is tight, full of enough funk and sass to keep it interesting, and yet is able to convey real emotion to tens of thousands of people, as evidenced by their many live recordings. What sets this one apart is its presentation of one concert in its entirety, and its willingness to leave rough edges in. While the sound is pristine, and the performance reflects the band's well-rehearsed acumen, there are those spontaneous moments on this set that get left off of most band's live recordings -- including Matthews' previous ones. In addition, this one rocks harder, and is more visceral, than his other offerings of this type. There are 20 tracks spread over this triple-disc, and without doubt, many of the same tracks that have been issued now nearly countless times are here as well: "Ants Marching," "Dancing Nancies," "All Along the Watchtower," (this one shouldn't be issued again until they can read it as dynamically as they did with steel guitar boss Robert Randolph). There is also a guest appearance by Gov't Mule's and the Allman Brothers' Warren Haynes on Disc Three, for a smoking cover of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer," and a band jam called "Jimi Thing." If you are a fan of Matthews' idiosyncratic rock, this will definitely be a welcome addition to your shelf -- though it's worth speculating that you have tons of bootlegs already. If you are part of the uninitiated, but curious, this is a pretty fine introduction, though admittedly, it is a very big dose all at once.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828765750127
catalogNumber:
57501
Rank:
20414

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Don't Drink the Water
  2. So Much to Say
  3. Too Much
  4. Granny
  5. Crush
  6. When the World Ends

Disc 2

  1. Dancing Nancies
  2. Warehouse
  3. Ants Marching
  4. Rhyme and Reason
  5. Two Step
  6. Help Myself

Disc 3

  1. Cortez, The Killer
  2. Jimi Thing
  3. What Would You Say
  4. Where Are You Going
  5. All Along the Watchtower
  6. Grey Street
  7. What You Are
  8. Stay (Wasting Time)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Matthews Band   Primary Artist
Dave Matthews   Indexed Contributor,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Warren Haynes   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Butch Taylor   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Carter Beauford   Drums,Group Member
Stefan Lessard   Bass,Group Member
LeRoi Moore   Flute,Saxophone,Group Member
Boyd Tinsley   Violin,Group Member

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Dave Matthews   Composer
David Matthews   Composer
Glen Ballard   Composer
John Harris   Engineer
George Marino   Mastering
Rob Evans   Digital Editing
John Alagia   Producer
Carter Beauford   Composer
Stefan Lessard   Composer
LeRoi Moore   Composer
Boyd Tinsley   Composer
Dave Matthews Band   Producer,Audio Production
Chris Kress   Digital Editing
Thane Kerner   Art Direction
Peter Griesar   Composer
Catherine Dee   Art Direction
John Alagi   Audio Production

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The Central Park Concert 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know that this item has not been released yet but I have heard some other versions (DMB lets fans record their shows) and this is AMAZING. All the songs were hits and Dave and the band where jaming and going crazy. It will be even more increadable. Any DMB or music fan should buy this CD and its a guarenteed like. This is one of the top or the BEST set DMB has EVER played.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago